All too often we compartmentalize our spiritual life and our everyday work life. We give our time to God on Sundays and maybe even have a daily devotional time, but then we go about our day as if it is separate from our spiritual life. In Romans 12:1-2 God’s Word tells us that we are to present every part of our life to God in worship. Our everyday life is to be a living sacrifice to God. In other words, God tells us that the sacred and the secular must be intertwined for a follower of Christ. That does not mean that we listen to sermons all day at work, but that we actively integrate our faith into our work. God doesn’t just want us to acknowledge him on Sundays, but also in the normal parts of our life.
Consider David as an example of how to do this. We have all heard the story of David and Goliath. David was a teenage boy. Israelite men had to be 20 years old to go into battle and David was not old enough to qualify. Goliath defied and mocked the Israelite army and taunted them with insults, yet no one dared to face him.
David’s father, Jesse, sent him to the battlefield to check on his brothers. When he arrived he was amazed that no one exhibited the courage to face the giant. In a tremendous act of faith, he volunteered, believing that God could and would give the victory. After trying on the king’s armor and concluding that he could not use it, he faced the biggest test of his young life.
1 Samuel 17:40-51
He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.
41 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, 42 sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. 43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. 44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.
45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. 51 Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.
David defeated his giant through faith and action. We must learn to infuse our work with faith. Faith that sits on the sideline is not really faith at all. Faith requires action. Notice that David did not try to defeat the giant in his own strength. He believed that God would defeat the giant and that the battle was the Lord’s.
But his faith in God empowered him to believe in the abilities that God gave him. He used the gifts and experiences that God had given him for God’s purpose. He was not shy about using a sling and a stone because that was what God placed in his hands.
Exercising this kind of faith at work is demonstrated by three things that David did.
1. He ignored the naysayers.
There will be many who doubt that God can use you. But if he can use David, then he can use you. Do not let negative people derail your dreams.
2. He trusted God for the victory.
David said, “The battle is the Lord’s.” Often we think that God only uses people who are famous, tremendously talented, or in vocational ministry. But God wants to use you right where you are. We must remember that God is the one who gives victory and he can defeat the greatest giants in our lives.
3. He did not wait for better circumstances to act.
David did not wait until someone invented a machine gun. He used a stone and a sling. Surely there was a better weapon and a more qualified person. But people who procrastinate until the circumstances are perfect never win. Use the weapons that God has given you. Develop them and use them.
Exercising faith and trusting in God will make a difference. God wants you to trust him in every part of your life. God will work on your behalf at work when you depend on him. Don’t separate your life between the sacred and the secular. Stop procrastinating and start acting and working in faith. When you put your faith to work in your work you will see God begin to work on your behalf and defeat the giants you face every day.